Hazel was waived by the Browns on Monday.
Hazel signed his restricted free agent tender with the Browns just two weeks ago, but he'll now be placed on waivers. After the wideout likely goes unclaimed, he'll end up being an unrestricted free agent and look to latch on to a team before the start of training camp.
Hazel signed his restricted free agent tender with Cleveland on Monday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Despite four seasons in the league, Hazel has appeared in just nine career games for the Dolphins, Colts and Browns, respectively. The 26-year-old has a chance to make the final roster should he perform well during the preseason. If he does make the roster, expect Hazel to function as a specials teams asset.
Hazel (hamstring) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Hazel missed the last four games with this hamstring ailment. The fourth-year pro played a total of 11 offensive snaps this season for the Colts, making one catch for one yard. Being listed as the No. 6 wideout in Cleveland keeps Hazel off fantasy radars.
Hazel (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears.
Hazel was a limited participant in practice this week after sitting out last Sunday's loss to the Ravens. The 25-year-old will aim to make his season debut against the Bears, but he's unlikely to play a major role in the passing game even if he's able to suit up.